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Texas grid can handle the heat, operator says

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Texas power plants should be able to meet spring and summer electricity demand, the state’s grid operator said Monday.
Categories: Electricity, General
John Melko (photo: Gardere Wynne Sewell)

Guest commentary: dealing with low energy prices

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Many Texans have seen this movie before, and some of us have seen it several times. Until the commodity cycle turns, as it always does, refocus on the basic blocking and tackling of running a business. Take protective measures to guard against avoidable losses.

Climate Skepticism: Today’s Witch Hunt and McCarthyism

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Although the Salem witch trials took place in the 1690s, witch hunts are still used as a tactic of social persecution and a means to censure and demonize those who do not conform to the climate orthodoxy. From Salem to McCarthyism to today’s increasingly strident attacks on so called “climate skeptics,” witch -hunts are a […]
Categories: General
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Dynegy scraps California sales

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On Tuesday, the company reported a net loss of $104 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. It had a $91 million loss during the same period a year ago.
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A victim of the industry downturn asks for advice

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This week I answer a reader email from someone who has unfortunately been caught up in the industry’s reaction to plunging oil prices.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

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The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…
A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
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Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

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The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.
At the Motiva Port Arthur refinery on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

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The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.

Natural gas heavy duty trucking fleet could benefit US economy and security, but not necessarily climate

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The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to favor a market-share approach rather than defend prices – and the subsequent fall in oil prices– has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. While the U.S. economy benefits from falling oil […]
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A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

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Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.